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BENEVOLENT TRUSTEES., Issue 7926, 6 June 1889
The weekly meeting of the above, held this afternoon, waß attended by Messrs A, Solomon (chairman), M. Pagan, J. Carroll, C. Haynes, W. Isaac, R. Chiaholm, J. Green, and J. Calder. THE MAYOR OF CAVKESHAM. The Chairman said that in the issue of the * Daily Times' of May 18 the Mayor of Caversham was reported to have 6aid, at a meeting of the Caversham Borough Council, that "the Trustees of tha Benevolent Institution squandered their money right and left, while there were oases ef distress in some parts that received no attention. Mr Solomon, the Chairman of the Trustees knew a great deal, but he did not know enough. There were some cages on the list sent to the Caversham Council that were not at all deserving ones, and ehould have been taken off long ago. He referred to another case—a very deserving one—that had been struck off tbe list." He (Mr Solomon) had written to His Worship asking if he had been correctly reported, and if so would he furnish to the Trustees particulars of the cases referred to by him. The reply stated that a man had been reported a3 being unfitted for work and as being in receipt of charitable aid, while at the same time he was driving a horse and cart. Another person who was stated to be in the hospital was at that particular time in Melbourne; while a woman in indigent circumstances had been refused aid by the Trustees. The Mayor also complained that there had been no applications made by the Trustees to the Borough Council regarding local cases deserving aid, while other cases in the district had not been referred to at all in the Trustees' communications with the Caversham Council. This matter he (Mr Solomon) thought required some explanation. There had certainly been no application to the Borough Council regarding cases of charitable aid, for the simple reason that tie Trustees had received no applications which necessitated the local body being communicated with regarding the applicants. As to persons being in the diatriot and receiving aid from the Trustees without the fact being made known to the Borougk Council, those persons might probably haYe removed to the borough of Caversham after applying for, and being granted, aid by the Ti us tees. The Trustees were well aware of the particulars relating to the case of the man who was stated to have been in Melbourne, but it was as well to state that he was an inmate of the hospital at the time the first application for charitable aid was made. The "deserving case" alluded te by His Worship had also been investigated, the particulars being as follows: —Ths woman had previously been in receipt of charitable aid at the hands of the Trustees, but Mr Mee had reported that the woman's circumstances did not warrant the relief being continued. Despite the recommendation of Mr Mee, however, further relief was granted until he again reported, which he did unfavorably, and relief was the* stopped. It was subsequently discovered that two daughters of the applicant received 328 between them weeklyf; and it was considered that, consequently, the case was not one requiring the attention of the Trustees. The inspector reported that such was the fact 32s were earned weekly by the family—and there was, there fore, not the slightest ground for complaint. —Mr Isaac had carefully considered the matter, and would move—" That the Trnstees, having carefully inquired into the cases referred to by the Mayor of Caversham in justification of his statement that the Trustees squandered the funds entrusted to them and did not relieve deserving cases, find that there is no foundation whatever for such statements, and regret that His Worship should not have made himself acquainted with thefacts before making such rash assertions." —Mr Chisholm seconded the motion, but did not think that it went quite far enough. It was extremely improper that a gentleman occupying such a prominent position as the Mayor of Caversham should make suoh grave charges against a public body; bat the motion would doubtless serve the purpose intended. —Mr Fa oak also supported the resolution, which upon being put was carried nem. dis.
The tender (L 507) of Mr Robt. Knowles for the erection of an addition to the femalt ward at the Institution was accepted, the Chairman remarking that the architects estimate was as near as the average run of architect's estimates were.—(Laughter.) It was unanimously decided to forward a letter of condolence to Mrs Rennie. The relief cases were then dealt with.
BENEVOLENT TRUSTEES., Issue 7926, 6 June 1889
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